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Wigan – Greater Manchester A Gem In The Northwest Of England

By Frederick Hoymer

Wigan – Greater Manchester is in the north west of England in the county of Greater Manchester with a population of over 80,000. It is well known for the Wigan Casino which contrary to its name was not a casino at all but a nationwide famous dance venue that became huge for its northern soul nights. Tragically the venue burned down and was demolished after it was discovered that there was no way it could have been rebuilt. A shopping centre known as the Grand Arcade which cost 120 million pounds now stands in its place.

There is also the beautiful area known as Wigan Pier, part of the pier itself is still there, a small jettison where coal was loaded in days gone by. There is a canal running through as well as a museum of local history where school trips often take place so children can sit in the real Victorian classroom complete with strict school mistress to see what a lesson was like in Victorian times!

The Pier area also has a well known nightclub where funky house dance music is played well into the small hours of the morning and DJs can get the crowds really going! The area is close to the town centre so is popular with all walks of life and has many shops and places to eat out and have a nice meal from intimate Italian restaurants to family eateries.

The city is also well known for its links with the game of rugby, the local team are now called the Wigan Warriors and they were the first ever world club champions in 1987 setting a precedent in the sport for the area. Their soccer team have been a premier league team for the last 5 years as well as reaching their first cup final in 2006 showing just how successful they can be.

The locals are affectionately known as pie-eaters, this is because of the actions of Wigan workers during a general strike in the UK in 1926 formed by workers in the public sector. These workers were the first to go back to work probably forced to do so because of their poor living standards and mass poverty. They were said to be eating ‘humble pie’ and thus the name was coined.

Situated a mile and a half outside of the town centre is the original Heinz factory which has the distinction of being the biggest food production factory in the Europe. There is also the giant sportswear company JJB Sports which was founded by Wiganer John Jarvis Broughton and was later taken over by David Whelan who is also the Chairman of Wigans soccer and rugby teams.

So the city overall has a lovely mix of history and of modern loves of sport and industry. Whatever your visit you will find something to entertain and educate you as you walk around this beautiful town.

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